The period between the third and first millennia BCE has been defined by historians as the Metal Ages. First, there was Copper (3200-2300 BCE), then Bronze (2300-700 BCE), and finally the Iron Age (700-1 BCE). These materials changed the way people worked, fought, and traded with each other. But it wasn’t until the early 1900s ACE that a new metal would have that kind of impact on the way we live.
The Steel Age
An ancient metal, steel is actually an alloy of iron, which means it is mixed with other elements, most notably carbon. There are many different types, the most popular of which is the stainless variety. Introduced at the start of the 20th century, stainless steel does not stain, rust, or corrode like most other metals.
In addition to construction, stainless steel is also used to make major appliances, cookware, cutlery, tools, and surgical instruments. Because it has an attractive, appealing finish, the metal is also used in decorative/utilitarian devices around the house and the office. This includes doorknobs, pulls, and closers.
Until fairly recently, brass was the most popular metal when it came to door hardware. There were two simple reasons for this: brass is easy to work with, and it has an attractive finish. But things have changed! New manufacturing and design technologies have made it easier than ever to produce superior stainless steel door hardware.
Stronger and more durable than any other mass-produced metals, these doorknobs, pulls, and closers will last for decades if properly maintained. It is no wonder they are the most popular hardware in office buildings across the country. These businesses don’t want to have to regularly deal with locksmiths and carpenters. A stainless steel door system can withstand the continuous comings and goings of clients and employees.
In the Home
Although it is impossible to know for sure, brass is probably the most popular metal used in domestic doorknobs. While stainless is undoubtedly catching on, it has a ways to go before it supplants the old standby. In the end, the newer alloy should win out because it is superior in just about every way. Not only is it much stronger and more versatile, but it is also every bit as attractive as brass.
One room in the modern home where the alloy has really taken off is in the kitchen. Folks adore those huge stainless steel refrigerators, and they let the appliance set the tone of the entire room by complementing it with door pulls and closers made of the same metal. These accessories can be used on doors, cabinets, and drawers. Stronger and more secure than traditional versions, they should last a lifetime.
Durable and affordable, stainless steel door hardware is widely used in both commercial and residential structures.